Trudi E. Jacobson, head of user education programs at the University at Albany, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section's (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award.
The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts in the field of information literacy led to the formation of IS. The honor recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.
Elsevier Publishing sponsors the award on behalf of its library and information science program. A check for $1,000 and a plaque will be presented to Jacobson on Sunday, July 12, at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
For over 20 years Trudi Jacobson has strengthened and deepened scholarly conversations about information literacy via her many publications, both within and beyond the literature of our librarianship, said Jean Caspers, chair of the IS Dudley Award committee and reference and instruction librarian at Linfield College. "Her generosity in sharing knowledge has extended to presentations and workshops locally, regionally and nationally, again including but not limited to audiences within the library profession, thus spreading the word about information literacy across traditional academic boundaries."
Jacobson teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has developed exemplary library instruction programs. She is regularly sought out as a consultant about information literacy issues.
She has been an active contributor within ALA since 1980, holding official positions in IS, the ACRL Arts section and the ACRL Information Literacy Advisory Committee.
Jacobson was the recipient of the IS 2005 Publication of the Year Award for "Motivating Students in Information Literacy Classes," a book she co-authored with Lijuan Xu. She has published eight additional books, eight book chapters and more than 30 journal articles.
Jacobson received a master's degree in liberal studies from the University at Albany, where she also earned a master's in library science and a bachelor's in linguistics and anthropology.